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The 19th century brought together a number of important factors that create a perfect starting point for my exploration of female identity. Each image begins with an anonymous 19th century tintype, which I appropriate and alter. Tintypes became the first means of recording ones image that was available for the masses. This may have been the first and only time a person’s image was recorded. I think it is important to give each woman a personal identity, which is why I give each a name from the era in which she lived. I have chosen to use poisonous plants in this series These plants, though beautiful, take over and hold these women in her place. In this image the plants are Lillies Please read artist statement for this collection for more info.
Photography:Digital on Paper
Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1
Size:16.5 W x 16.5 H x 0.1 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
Packaging:Ships Rolled in a Tube
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
I grew up in New York, and though I now live in Jersey City I consider myself a New Yorker. I received my BFA in photography from Kansas City Art Institute. My work explores male/female relationships in a phallocentric society. I appropriate & digitally alter 19th century tintypes, predominantly of women. I name each woman using names common during the 19th century; thus giving each a personal identity. The 19th century brings together several forces. Studies of biological determination created the belief that men were the superior sex. The roles of men and women were strictly separated. Women belonged at home as wife and mother. This was also advent of the tintype. Now all classes, not just the rich could have their images recorded. Finally this was also the beginning of the women's suffrage movement. Women were increasingly becoming discontent with their restricted lives. It was time to fight for their rights. I use each tintype as my starting point to create a new narrative that incorporates history, personal experience and current social issues of today.
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